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SLAMABAD: Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz has been suspended for a period of 90-days, as per the notification issued by the ministry of interior on Sunday.
The notification reads out that “Aziz was suspended with immediate effect for a period of ninety (90) days for fair conduct of inquiry under section 96, sub-section (1) of Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act, 2015 (X of 2015).”
Earlier, the summary for the suspension of the Mayor of the federal capital was also approved by the cabinet via circulation with an intent that a free, fair and transparent inquire shall be conducted against him.
Joint Secretary, Ministry if Home Affairs, Irfan Anjum had issued the notification.
It must be mentioned here that Mayor belongs to the opposition party PML-N, earlier this year, a reference had also been filed against Aziz in which he was accused for abusing his powers, by using his staff for personal use, and operating those official vehicles which were actually not permitted and beyond his entitlement.
A member of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the acting Chief Metropolitan Officer (CMO) Humayun AKhtar had filed a reference against the Mayor.
Moreover, a local government commission led by PTI legislator Ali Nawaz Awan had recommended that Aziz should be suspended until the final end of the probe.
It is pertinent to mention here that Awan is also the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on CDA Affairs.
On the other hand, Mayor Aziz, had also challenged the reference in a petition to the Islamabad High Court, claiming that all the allegations against him were politically motivated.